The protests by JNU students against hostel free hike escalated on Monday as thousands of protesting students marched towards the Parliament. The police stopped the student march and detained several students. The protest has disrupted the normalcy in the national capital and has affected vehicular movement resulting in massive traffic jams. In the visuals, an ambulance can also be seen stuck in the traffic jam in the Jor Bagh area. Speaking to Republic TV, the person in the ambulance said, "We have been stuck for half an hour and the patient is also there behind. What can we do?"
In a similar incident on Thursday, an ambulance was reportedly stuck for more than five minutes inside the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as the gates of the University were locked due to the ongoing protests at the campus. According to reports, a couple of protesters objected to the locked gates and even tried to break the gates with rods and sticks, following which the ambulance was allowed to go ahead by the college authorities.
Also, a few students of the University blocked an ambulance and did not even allow doctors to meet Dean of Students (DoS) professor Umesh Kadam, who fell sick amidst alleged manhandling by the students. Professor Kadam was held hostage at the health centre and police was called on the location. The professor also alleged that his wife and children were manhandled and that he has been threatened as well. Visuals from the University showed massive ruckus on the campus with the students gheraoing the ambulance and chanting slogans.
Delhi Metro has closed entry and exit gates at the Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk. Lok Kalyan and Central Secretariat stations in the city after hundreds of JNU students clashed with cops after taking to the streets to demand a full rollback of the hostel fee hike. In tweets posted on its official Twitter account, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said that the decision to shut key Yellow Line stations amid the JNU students' protest was taken after discussions with the police.
Yellow Line Update— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) November 18, 2019
Entry or exit at Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat have been opened. Trains are halting at all 3 stations.
Entry/exit gates for Lok Kalyan Marg are still closed and trains will not be halting at the station. https://t.co/96Fq0penFD
The protests are primarily over fee hike for hostel rooms. The university has raised the rent for a double room from Rs. 10 per month to Rs. 300 per month, that for a single room from Rs. 20 per month to Rs. 600 per month and increased one-time refundable mess security deposit from Rs. 5,500 to Rs. 12,000. After last week's protests, the fees were rolled back, although only partially. Room rents have now been halved for students who are from the below poverty line (BPL) category.